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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: February 2013

News at the College

TechColumbusThree veterinary medicine faculty showcase their innovations

The TechColumbus Innovation Awards showcased 50 startups and innovators to more than 1,000 attendees on February 7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and three of those innovators are veterinarians at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Christopher Adin, Dr. Tony Buffington, and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann. Drs. Adin and Buffington have developed technologies with potential to impact human as well as animal health, and Dr. Schuenemann's model will assist decision-making on dairy farms of all sizes. Read more about their specific innovations.

Dr. Stephen DiBartolaFaculty member receives Distinguished Alumni Award from UC-Davis

Dr. Stephen DiBartola, Associate Dean for Administration and Curriculum, is a recipient of the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis. Dr. DiBartola is awarded this honor in recognition of his contributions in internal medicine and as an acclaimed teacher. His area of specific emphasis is fluid therapy and the kidney, and he is a noted authority on renal disease in cats.

2nd International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI): One Health for Sustainable Development


The 2nd International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI): One Health for Sustainable Development will be held August 14-17, 2013 at Summerville Beach Resort, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. The conference is designed for academics, government and industry research scientists, policy makers and public servants, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and others. Dr. Lonnie King, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Congress, speaking on the topic, 'One Health' and Zoonoses in the Context of Developing Countries and Emerging Economies. Get more information about the Congress.

Global Health Programs Newsletter

The Winter 2012 Global Health Programs Newsletter is now available here.

Northstar continues remarkable progress at Veterinary Medical Center

NorthstarNorthstar, the seven-year-old American Paint Horse who was doused in an unknown accelerant and set on fire in Crawford County, PA last summer, continues to make great progress towards healing. He has undergone a series of skin graft procedures, and now, those grafts are beginning to produce new tissue and grow hair. Read more about Northstar's progress and find links to in-depth updates featured in local news media.

Celebrating graduate student successes

Congratulations to our graduate students on their recent accomplishments! Santiago Bas successfully passed his final oral exam and defended his PhD dissertation on "Improving Reproductive Performance through the Development of a Dairy Herd Index, Intrauterine Hormone Delivery or Insemination Technique in Lactating Cows." Basavaraj Binjawadagi took first place in the graduate student competition during the Conference of Research Workers of Animal Diseases (CRWAD) meeting. The topic of his oral presentation was, "Nanoparticle based inactivated adjuvanted porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus vaccine elicits superior cross protective immunity". Feifei Wang, mentored by Dr. Li Wu in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, and Joany van Balen, mentored by Dr. Armando Hoet in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, passed their candidacy exams.

Update from AAVMC

AAVMC survey presents employment statistics for new veterinarians

The AAVMC recently completed an employment survey of recent graduates from U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine. The survey showed that 98.4% of 2011 graduates and 97.7% of 2012 graduates report being employed in veterinary medicine at least six months after graduation. The full report includes a description of the survey methods, limitations, and confidence intervals on the estimates and can be accessed by following the link below.

Survey of Recent DVM Graduates of Schools and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the United States [Internet]. Washington, DC: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; 2013 Feb p. 1–9. Available from:

Upcoming Events

Annual Open House

If you know someone interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, please encourage them to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Veterinary Medical Center and explore a variety of displays and demonstrations throughout the day. For more information, please visit: If you have any questions, call (614) 247-1512 or email

Alumni in the News

Marysville Large Animal Service featured in Alumni Magazine

The January-February issue of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine features a story about the Marysville Large Animal Service called, "Creature Comfort," by Lynne Bonenberger. The story includes an interview with Director Dr. Bimbo Welker, as well as several photos of senior students in action caring for animal patients. With permission from the Alumni Association, you can download/read the full story here.

Alumna supports use of robotic dog mannequin as a teaching tool

Susan Krebsbach (DVM '95), who serves as a veterinary advisor to the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, spoke out in an article supporting the use of a robotic dog developed at Cornell University as a teaching tool for veterinary students. Read the full story.

Alumnus offers services for newest member of the Mounted Patrol Unit

Chris Beinlich (DVM '00) of Woodland Run Equine Veterinary Facility performed a castration, free of charge, on a rescue horse named Trooper so he could qualify to be a member of the Mounted Patrol Unit. Trooper, now the newest member of the Franklin County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol Unit, was rescued last winter from a neglect situation and has undergone a complete transformation to become a disciplined and distraction-free mount. Read the full story and watch a video clip from 10TV News here.

Alumni Updates

Job opening: Executive Director for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

A search is underway for a new Executive Director for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, a no-kill animal welfare organization. The position announcement is listed on CASPCA's web site: more information, please contact: Adam Smith - Managing Director - ASESC - Email: - Tel: (703)998-8118.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association Membership

You can become a sustaining member of the OSU Alumni Association, with an annual gift of $75 or more which can also support the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Just a few funds to consider:

  • Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion Fund – 314090
    • To provide funds for the enhancement and expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center
  • Veterinary Medicine Students First – Students Now Scholarship Fund – 308457
    • To support veterinary students
  • Veterinary Biosciences Support Fund – 301456
    • For animal research and for support of Veterinary Biosciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences Advancement Fund – 301106
    • To support veterinary clinical sciences
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine Support Fund – 306355
    • To support preventive medicine

You can complete your OSUAA membership by making a gift online:

A Special Thank You

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine would like to offer a special thank you to all of our alumni that have taken the time out of their schedules to help with the admissions process for the Class of 2017. This year the College of Veterinary Medicine had a 62% increase in applicants and the support of our alumni was instrumental in our efforts to select the best students. A big THANK YOU for all of your efforts!

Adam Ballard Susan Borders Cynthia Bowlin Kevin Corcoran
Donald Corsmeier David Duvall Joy Dvorak Jim Estep
Dave Glauer Bob Hanson Denise Henninger Ana Hill
Lauren Holtvoigt Daniel Hughes Joe Ielapi Beth Kellogg
Katie Kleinhenz Robert Knapp Tom Kolb Dave Koncal
Sarah Kreis Rachel Liepman Ron Montgomery Jeff Niziolek
Andy Plum Roger Redman Susan Reed Mark Reineck
Adam Rudinsky Robert Sherding Jennifer Song Michael Stone
Joseph Varga William Verbsky Stephen Walker Emily Walton
Jay Zachman

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Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:18pm